Banta-Briseño, Jan

Mixed Media Gourds


I am a self-taught artist and have always enjoyed making things whether from fabric, fiber, clay or wood. I have painted wooden folk art, ceramics, murals, theater sets, furniture and just about everything else. In 1996 I happened to see a sign announcing the Kentucky Gourd Society show. At that time I was unfamiliar with gourds and was amazed by what I saw. There seemed to be no end to the different techniques that could be used to decorate them.

I have exhibited in several local galleries and continue to sell at local art fairs. I have taught gourd art classes at the Kentucky and Indiana gourd shows, at the Cherokee Gourd Gathering in North Carolina and at KMAC. I was one of the first in Kentucky to be certified as an American Gourd Society Master Judge.

Two of my gourds are shown in the book Gourds + Fibers, by Ginger Summit and Jim Widess and one of my gourd dolls was published in the fall 2011 issue of Art Doll Magazine.


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